Up, up and away

500+ hot air balloons took off this morning, the sky was filled with beautiful colors and unique balloons

Hello from Albuquerque!

With our boat safely tied up in a Georgia marina, familia Midence hopped on a plane headed for Albuquerque, NM to celebrate the 40th International Balloon Fiesta.  Starting with 13 balloons in 1972, the festival has grown to over 500 balloons on the roster this year.  It will be a fun couple weeks visiting with Jack’s brother in Albuquerque, attending various Balloon Fiesta events, and celebrating Marietta’s second birthday with my sister Megan, her friend Cecily and our good family friends Johanna &  family.  I might squeeze in a little thrift store shopping to find Marietta some jeans and a warm hat, she has mostly shorts and warm weather clothes and it’s chilly in Albuquerque.

Sleepy eyes from waking at 4am but so worth it.

Jack and I crewed with the Nilz family balloon team 4 years ago on our honeymoon and are all lined up to crew again this year.  My involvement will be a little less this time around as waking small children at 4am to drive to the balloon fields doesn’t strike me as fun.  It’s hard work to get the balloons unpacked and in the air.  Then once the balloon sails away, you pile in the chase RV camper (if you weren’t lucky enough to get a ride in the balloon this trip) and try to figure out where the balloon will land, taking into account wind direction and speed, how much fuel the balloon has and open areas that make for an easier landing.  I was surprised at how the balloons land in the any available space from neighborhood streets to someone’s backyard to parking lots to empty fields.

To be able to pilot a balloon you must first get your private airplane pilots license, then there is an extra training and certificate to be able to be a balloon pilot.  Jack already has his private airplane pilots license and I’ve always wanted to get mine.  Who knows, maybe when we finish sailing and sell the boat we will take up ballooning.

About Oh, the Places We've Been!

In 2008 I married Jack, the love of my life and the only man that could ever keep up with me. Instead of the nice little French Colonial with a white picket fence, we opted to make our home on the 46-foot catamaran "Let it Be". Since living on a sailboat we've had two kids and sailed thousands of miles along the coast of Central America, the United States, the Bahamas and currently Baja California. Our family of four is always ready for the next adventure and we’re never quite sure where it will take us next. Oh, the places we still have yet to go!
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5 Responses to Up, up and away

  1. Donna says:

    Glad you guys are having so much fun! Maybe next year I’ll get to the balloon festival! Bought my motorhome in Albuquerque!

  2. Kami Chapman says:

    We were just looking at the pins you gave the boys from the balloon festival during your honeymoon trip! They hold a special place in their collection of pins! I try to go over the pins they have once a year so the memories stay alive! Have fun and enjoy your ballooning! xoxo

  3. Cheryl says:

    Never bored are you?

  4. Deanna says:

    You SOOOO should have been a pilot. I see you as one of those pilots who race with a team across the U.S. It looks like you guys had so much fun. Give Johanna a hug from us!!

  5. Another exciting adventure for your family! Loved the pictures!

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